Podcast: How war changed everything on American supermarket shelves
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo
A military can only project power as far as it can ship food to feed its hungry soldiers. The need for armies, both ancient and modern, to travel long distances to thwart enemies and take territory has made militaries one of the driving factors behind food science.
No one knows this better than author Anastacia Marx de Salcedo. Her new book, Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat details the myriad ways the military-industrial complex has shaped people’s diets.
“I can literally go through the grocery store and I think remove 50 percent of its contents, if I take anything that has a military origin or influence,” she told us. She’s right. Granola bars, saran wrap, Cheetos and even McDonald’s famous McRib wouldn’t be possible without military technology.
In this week’s War College, Marx de Salcedo walks us through how militaries have shaped the way citizens eat, from ancient history to the modern world.